Splendid Hangzhou - Leisure Holidays

Splendid HangzhouChina

From RM1,604 / per person for 4 nights
Discover the multiple wonders of Hangzhou.

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Summary

Hangzhou (杭州), a source of inspiration for numerous poets, writers, and artists over the centuries, is considered by many to be China’s most beautiful city. So enchanting are the waters of West Lake (Xi Hu) and the peaks of the surrounding foothills that the early explorer, Marco Polo, reputedly referred to Hangzhou as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world.” 


NOTES:

• Minimum 4 person required for this tour. Supplement applies when 2 or 3 adults travelling together.
• Child price: Age 4-9 ; Infant price: Age 0-3     
• Ground arrangements (transfer/sightseeing tours) are subject to availability at time of booking.

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Itinerary

Transfer

Return airport transfer by 7-seater Buick GL8 or similar.

Accommodation

4 nights hotel accommodation in Hangzhou.

Sightseeing

Day 1 - Arrive Hangzhou

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel to check-in & free at own leisure.


Day 2 - Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour  (Full Day)

Meet your private guide upon pickup at your hotel lobby in Hangzhou city. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.

Start with a 45-minute boat ride on tranquil West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site and perhaps Hangzhou’s most famous attraction. Relax amid enchanting scenery as your guide points out historic pagodas, Chinese-style arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, green islands and lush gardens. 

Finish your cruise at Huagang (Flower Harbor) Park Wharf. A clean stream flows from Huajia Hill to join West Lake, and many flowers grow where the fresh water flows in. Stroll through part of the 54-acre (22-hectare) park to see the many varieties, including a peony garden that blooms in April, and stop at Red Carp Pond — a popular spot for viewing fish. 

Next, you’re driven to Lingyin Temple (translated as ‘Temple of the Soul’s Retreat’), considered one of the 10 most famous Buddhist temples in China. Originally founded in AD 326, Lingyin Temple has been rebuilt no less than 16 times. Listen as your guide discusses its pagodas and pavilions and introduces you to some of the 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which date back to the 10th to 14th centuries. 

From the Zen monastery near Feilai Peak (Feilai Feng), walk along a cobblestone pathway leading to Amanfayun Village, a restored Chinese village dating back hundreds of years and situated in a remote forest of camphor and bamboo. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of the hamlet dotted with traditional dwellings and surrounded by tea fields. 

For lunch you have two options: purchase your meal at a local restaurant recommended by your guide, or head to a local tea farmer’s home to prepare a meal of local delicacies such as chicken, West Lake carp, lotus root, bamboo shoots and other tasty vegetables (own expense).

After lunch, continue to Meijiawu Tea Village, situated in the rural foothills of the West Lake district. Learn about the production of Xihu Longjing tea, also known as Dragon Well tea, and sip the fragrant green tea as you relax in this scenic setting. 

Your final stop is Song Dynasty Imperial Street, renamed Zhongshanlu Beiduan. Walk with your guide along this road that stretches 1,310 feet (400 meters) and leads to the imperial palace of the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960–1127). If you wish, stop at any of the snack bars that offer local delicacies and shops that sell antiques, embroidered items and silk. 

End your private tour with a drive back to your hotel.

Inclusive of hotel pickup and drop-off, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees to the listed attractions, boat ride of West Lake and bottled water.


Day 3 - Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour (Full Day)

Your Wuzhen water town tour begins with coach pickup from your Hangzhou hotel. Stop at the Hundred-Bed Museum (Zhao Hall), the first museum in China to collect and exhibit ancient beds of the Jiangnan area. See the luxurious carvings and elaborate designs on these antique beds and listen as your expert guide shares stories reflecting this unique cultural account of ancient Chinese civilization.

Later on visit the Sanbai Wine Workshop, the only remaining winery in Wuzhen, built during the Song Dynasty. Brewing liquor was a huge industry in Wuzhen during the Ming Dynasty. There were over 20 distilleries in operation at the time. Witness how wine is made using traditional techniques.

Afterwards visit the Hongyuan Thai dye house to see the time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. Wuzhen is one of the principal sources of this flower-printed blue cloth. Elderly women still carry on the folk tradition of carefully weaving this textile. Watch the painstaking method of creating it and marvel at the final product of striking embossed blue cloth.

After a local Chinese style lunch, engage yourself in a unique display of Chinese performing arts - the shadow play show. This is an exceptional storytelling experience as the characters are handmade leather puppets behind a screen with a cast light upon them forming silhouettes. Accompanied by Chinese traditional instruments, such as the erhu and the flute, shadow play is a universally renowned Chinese cultural spectacle.

Finally no visit to a water town will be complete without taking a boat ride (optional) down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives. Float over the calm water and pass under picturesque stone bridges. 

After your boat ride take a walk around the town and then we will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou.

Inclusive of hotel pickup and drop-off, tour guide and lunch


Day 4 - Free & Easy

After breakfast, free to explore Hangzhou city by your own arrangement or join an optional tour.

Optional - Dinner and Romance of the Song Dynasty Show  (Night Tour)

When in Hangzhou, go out for a delicious Chinese dinner followed by the eye-catching ‘Romance of the Song Dynasty’ show. After enjoying your dinner, your guide takes you to Song Dynasty Town for your the performance, which highlights legends from the Song Dynasty. The show uses elaborate costumes, laser lights, ballet, traditional folk dance and acting to weave a compelling tale. You even see real horses and cannons on stage! Afterward, your guides takes you sightseeing around Song Dynasty Town to experience its lively nightlife.

Inclusive of dinner, hotel pickup and drop-off, tour guide, Hangzhou Songcheng Park admission ticket.

Day 5 - Depart Hangzhou

After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure flight.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Hangzhou Night Tour: Dinner and Romance of the Song Dynasty Show

On this night out in Hangzhou, experience the beauty and uniqueness of Chinese performing arts during the ‘Romance of the Song Dynasty’ culture show. Enjoy a dinner of local Chinese fare before watching a spectacular performance that will take you on a journey through the age-old Hangzhou culture. If you’re visiting Hangzhou, this show can’t be missed!

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